Two horrendously memorable murder stories have just collided.
Infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer could have some disconcerting ties with the 1981 murder of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, according to an investigation by the Miami Herald.
On July 27, 1981, young Adam was abducted from a department store in Hollywood, Florida. Early descriptions of the getaway vehicle were of a blue van.
Adam's severed head was found on August 10 approximately 120 miles north in a canal in Vero Beach. The rest of his remains were never recovered.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys, most of them in Milwaukee, between 1987 and 1991. His murders involved rape, torture, necrophilia, cannibalism and severed heads.
But before that, Dahmer had gone to Miami Beach after he was discharged from the Army in 1981, the same year Adam was kidnapped and murdered.
"When the Army discharged Dahmer, it told him he could have a plane ticket anywhere in the United States. Dahmer told police he couldn't go home to face his father, so he headed to Miami Beach because he was tired of the cold," according to wisn.com.
Miami Beach is less than 20 miles from Hollywood, Florida.
Even more disturbingly, the Miami Herald found witnesses who said they saw Dahmer at the Hollywood mall with Adam Walsh that day. And some people say Dahmer had access to a blue van, matching the description of the getaway vehicle.
When detectives questioned Dahmer about the Walsh murder, he simply said, "Nothing to do with it," according to the Miami Herald.
And the investigation ended there. Officials took the word of a sociopathic serial killer as truth.
In December 2008, police named Adam's killer as Ottis Toole, who had died of liver failure in prison in 1996. He had reportedly confessed on his deathbed to his niece that he had murdered and decapitated Adam Walsh.
However, Toole had confessed to the boy's murder more than once and had always recanted. In fact, Toole implicated himself in over 200 different homicides, though it has been proven that he did not commit most of them.
So could Dahmer be responsible for the young boy's death and dismemberment? Nearly 30 years later, we're still looking for an answer.
Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.